Imagine living longer than you ever thought you would and in good health. At each Doctor's visit, the Doc says, "Your doing great. For your age, you're in excellent health."
The day you turned 90, you thought surely this was your last year. "I can't live this long. It's too amazing."
"Can you guess how old I am?" you ask strangers. Shaking their heads they wait for your response. "I'm 90. Can you believe it?"
Soon, your 91st birthday is only months away, then weeks, and then days. You are 91! The celebration is wonderful. Your children and their children give you hugs, kisses, and gifts.
Your "To Do" list is short and so are your worries.
1. De-clutter the house.
2. The driver's license expires this year. Will the state of Texas let you renew?
3. Prepare a story draft for your critique group.
This biography snippet is about my friend Ilma who turned 91 this month.. She and I attend the meetings at our local SCBWI. She's a children's writer and brings her stories for critique just about every month. These wonderful stories are of a time long ago. They are everyday stories and have historical value. When her stories are read aloud, I am transported to a time I could not imagine without her. Her words come to life and take me there.
From her, I have learned that I must never stop writing. One day, my stories will have historical value. I will be able to transport my readers to a place and time I knew well, and they will experience it afresh through my eyes.
I remember when I was young...
my house didn't have central heating or cooling. My brother has a burn scar on his bottom from when his derriere touched the heater at bath time.
the day young girls were coaxed by TV commercials to exchange their classic hard plastic Barbies for the "new and improved" posable Barbies.
the moonless night we saw "The Night of the Living Dead", in our old station wagon, at the drive-in theater. Oooh, scary!
Mom sewing all my dresses, because it was cheaper to buy 2 yards of cloth and notions than a ready-made dress.
Can you think of what life was like when you were young?